A prison inspector has rebuked jailers for advising inmates
to relieve themselves on vehicle floors.
One inmate said he was told to urinate through a drain hole
while he was handcuffed in a vehicle moving from Wellington
The Herald on Sunday has obtained emails showing Inspector
David Morrison's concern about inmate Brendon Forrest's
Forrest, in jail for arson, threatening to kill and perjury,
is a repeat complainer - but Morrison found his concerns
"Staff have been advising prisoners on long-haul escorts to
urinate on their cell floors," Morrison wrote on April 16.
"Not only is this a breach of the design specifications but
such practice could have a reaching adverse impact on the
reputational risk of the department if such practice was to
reach the media," Morrison wrote.
An inmate monitoring system revealed Forrest left Rimutaka at
6.48am and arrived at Waikeria Prison in Waikato at 4.29pm.
He was transported to Paremoremo the next day.
Prison reformer Peter Williams QC said he had received
several complaints about prison transport and "long-haul
transfers" over the years but couldn't recall inmates being
forced to urinate on vehicle floors.
Corrections Minister Anne Tolley told the Herald on Sunday:
"I'm advised there are regular toilet stops, but public
safety must come before prisoner comfort.
"If staff are ever found to have acted improperly then I
would expect Corrections to put things right."
Liam Ashley, 17, was murdered by a 25-year-old while
travelling in a van seven years ago.
A report into his death recommended prisoner access to toilet
facilities be reviewed.